Last post on Dec 08, 2013 at 11:06 AM
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Hyundai Sonata, Toyota Camry, Honda Accord, Nissan Altima, Volkswagen Passat, Mazda MAZDA6, Ford Fusion, Chevrolet Malibu, Kia Optima, Car Comparisons, Sedan
#18050 of 20218 Re: first sort of Fusion road trip [explorerx4]
Apr 27, 2013 (4:38 pm)
It does that to maintain the set cruise speed. It's more accurate than letting it coast and exceed the set speed.
#18051 of 20218 Re: Passat [gogophers1]
Apr 29, 2013 (1:39 am)
I owned an 87 Toronado Trofeo. It had come in to my buddies shop and had the timing chain replaced, but the owner couldn't afford the repair and signed the car over for the bill. I picked it up for $1000, in 2002. It was a really cool car, and it had mega-buttons....but every single one worked. I flipped it for $2500 in less than a week to a collector. It had fog lights, digi-dash, dual exhaust, and Buicks' 3.8 liter V6. The new owner threw a rod in less than 6 months.
Apr 29, 2013 (6:11 pm)
The ’86- Riviera, ’88-’91 Reatta and (if fairly certain) some Toronado (maybe only Trofeo) had the CRT touch screen for control HVAC, audio and trip computer functions. They were mandatory on the Buick models...and this was at a time when they touch-screen ATMs were so bad that it was easier to just skip spending any money and stay home!
My mom was a loyal Olds Cutlass owner and had three between 1974 and 1994. The last one was an ’86 Cutlass Supreme and it had electrical/electronic problems starting within the first year and never fully resolved. I think they actually snickered under their breath when she took it in to have it fixed under warranty! My aunt, who mistakenly thought she was better than the rest of my family, got a new Caddy Coupe Deville in 1982 with a digital dash, automatic climate control, automatic headlights with auto low-high beam and (:shudder:) the 5.7L Diesel V8 (better known as the engine that turned Americans against diesels for decades). The dealer kept it for months at a time because they had so many others in line ahead of it! They finally traded it for an identical-looking model with the new HT4100 V8...another boat anchor of an engine that ate more head gaskets and used more oil than gas.
And my best friend’s mom was asking for trouble when she bought a 1985 Cutlass Ciera with the digital dash, high-end radio and the 4.3L DIESEL V6. I won’t even elaborate on that one...
Needless to say, the idea of new or cutting-edge technology being used in GM vehicles was like Russian Roulette (with it fully loaded). But by some miracle, the touch screens were very reliable and lasted longer than anyone expected! They were so dreadful to use that many owners avoided touching them unless absolutely necessary (A comfy 75 degrees year round and that lovely station that plays Anne Murray and John Denver will be fine for the entire time I own the car). Maybe that’s why they lasted so long, they weren’t used? But still impressive, considering how many amazingly bad screw-ups that GM made back in those days.
#18053 of 20218 Re: Passat [igozoomzoom]
Apr 29, 2013 (6:23 pm)
Admit it. For those of us of a certain age, cars were just bad until about the last 20 years.
#18054 of 20218 Re: Passat [igozoomzoom]
Apr 29, 2013 (7:36 pm)
I could listen to John Denver on a 75 degree day... Just not in an 80s GM vehicle please.
#18056 of 20218 Re: Passat [gimmestdtranny]
Apr 30, 2013 (3:56 am)
What is a "Tragic Wagon"
Is it the lovely 1983 Reliant K "shooting brake" ? LMAO
#18058 of 20218 Re: 2013 Honda Accord vs. 2014 Mazda 6 vs. 2013 Nissan Altima Comparison Test [cski]
Apr 30, 2013 (5:36 am)
With today's 4-cylinder engines, a lot of people find a V6 pointless. 7-second 0-60 times are plenty quick for a daily grind. Trust me, I made an urban+interstate commute on 70+ MPH interstates every day in a car that ran a 0-60 closer to 10 seconds. I lived to tell about it after 9 years and 235k miles.
Today's driver wants more features per dollar, not just cubic inches under the hood. Frankly, I'm glad we have the options, and don't just limit high-end features to cars with the high-end engines.
I say this as the owner of a V6 midsized sedan (249hp vs. it's 175hp 4-cyl) so I'm not biased against having the bigger engine.